The Beauty of Cleaning
One of the best things about being an artist is the beauty I see everywhere I look.
When I was cleaning one of my palettes this past week, the running colors were so gorgeous, I had to capture them with a photo.
(Note: I paint with water-soluble oil paints, so I can clean them in the sink without toxic cleaners such as turpentine. My cleaning product of choice is Incredible Pink, a biodegradable general cleaner from Maine.)
The photo shows my palette in the sink. The picture was taken without a flash.
From left to right on my palette, here are the colors I routinely use for my paintings:
French ultramarine blue
White (sometimes Zinc white, sometimes Titanium white)
For some paintings, I also add Sap green and/or Burnt umber.
Of course, in the photo above, you’re seeing the residue of lots of mixing on every square inch of the palette.
This is the same palette I photographed — before cleaning it — for this website’s header graphic (as of Jan 2011).